by NORMA TSOPO
MALARIA has killed at least 131 Zimbabweans since the beginning of the year – a 10 percent increase from the 118 deaths recorded over the same period last year.
Ministry of Health and Child care revealed that the disease had affected 135 585 people in 201 malaria outbreaks across the country.
The most affected provinces are Manicaland, Masvingo and Mashonaland East.
“The cumulative figures for malaria are 135 585 and 131 deaths… 18 690 malaria cases and 17 deaths were reported this week,” the health ministry said through micro-blogging site Twitter on Saturday.
It said 90 of the 201 outbreaks had been successfully contained.
Slightly above 10 percent of the deaths were among children under five.
“Of the reported cases, 1 935 (10.4%) were from the under five years of age. The deaths were reported from Mutoko District (4) in Mashonaland East Province, Mbire District (1), Mt Darwin (1) and Rushinga District (1) in Mashonaland Central Province.“
“Mutare District (3) and Chimanimani (1) in Manicaland Province, Hurungwe District (1), Makonde District (1) in Mashonaland West Province and Bikita District (1) and Chiredzi District (1) in Masvingo Province, Mpilo Central Hospital (1) and UBH (1) in Bulawayo Province,” the ministry added.
In 2018, there were an estimated 228 million cases of malaria worldwide and is the biggest killer-disease in Africa, according to the World Health Organisation.
Malaria is a caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes.
It is however both preventable and curable.